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Old 06-19-2019, 09:23 AM
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Rear seat cushions needed 1970 W108

I now own a rust free and limited sun damaged 280 SE base model with MB-Tex interior. I know the cushions are brittle and will have to be replaced soon. The fronts are not an issue as replacements cushion elements are easy to get.
The rear seat I have been told is another story as the cushion elements are not available.
Does anyone have any experience with this?
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Old 06-19-2019, 10:03 AM
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Try GAHH Auto Upholstery in North Hollywood, CA. They have a website. Expensive but excellent quality.
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Old 06-19-2019, 02:49 PM
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Your rear seat looks VERY similar to a w114/w115 rear seat. I don't know if they are identical, but they sure look it. So you might look into that for additional options. This website:
https://www.dieselmercedes.com/Mercedes_Rear_Seat_Cover_Kit_NEW_MBTex_Vinyl_W123_p/6120-W23.9-N.htm?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5cTgyZr24gIVgrfsCh1n-A4NEAYYASABEgJp9vD_BwE
suggests they are the same and could be a source of the vinyl, but you would need to find someone local to install it.
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Old 06-20-2019, 11:16 AM
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Thanks for the replies but the covers are in great shape. It’s the cushions underneath. Seems the back seat cushions are tough to find.
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Old 06-20-2019, 01:27 PM
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bc:

If you were of a mind to remove the covers, and measure the height & width of the pads, you may find that there are pads from another model that are close enough to be trimmed or slightly added to as to fit. As noted above, the ones from W114/115, as well as from 116, 123, & 126 are all candidates.
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:05 PM
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What I did

Hey, if you need bottom cushions then maybe what I did to my 126 will work for you as well. It used to be my daily driver and I took my 190# mastiff with me everywhere, I am not sure if the back seats in your car are super springy or not but the one in my 1983 300SD were and the poor girl had to spend so much time balancing herself that it if she didn't she would end up half on the floor. So I went to the local foam store and sourced some memory foam, cut it up into the largest size pieces I could fit in between the springs, removed all of the burlap looking stuff I could and then shoved as much foam as I could into the area occupied by the springs. It is very stiff now and my dog didn't bounce all over the place any longer and passengers back there didn't have to worry about sliding off when the door was opened, not that I had too many passengers back there with all of the dog hair and slobber. You have got to give it up for Mercedes Tech vinyl because it still looks good back there once I wiped it all down, in fact with 438K on the ticker the only thing wrong with all of the seats is a small tear in the drivers side seat but that has been there for at least 200K miles. The back seats are firm and comfortable now and have the feel of a newer car now. Hope that my experience will be of some use to you.
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Old 06-21-2019, 08:54 AM
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Many thanks for sharing your solution. It may come down to that. However I want to preserve the seat cushion system as designed by MB.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:15 AM
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I was able to firm up the seat cushions of my W123 front and rear seats by also using memory foam rubber inserted between the springs and the original padding material provided by Mercedes. Depending on the stiffness desired, I was able to experiment with different amounts of foam while retaining the original Mercedes design.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:49 AM
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bracurrie-
Sorry about mis-reading your post and sending us off in the wrong direction. I don't have any suggestions for the padding. I poked around a bit before posting just now, and came up empty. Good luck.
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